A clerk has been charged with knowingly letting people trade forged Puerto Rico licenses for valid New York ones at a state Department of Motor Vehicles office in New York City.
Clarence Jenkins pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including criminal possession of a forged instrument. He's been released without bail. His lawyer didn't immediately return a call.
The Manhattan district attorney's office says Jenkins made license swaps for three people who paid between $3,500 and $7,000 apiece to middlemen. The middlemen haven't been charged thus far.
Prosecutors say one license seeker was a felon who'd been deported. They say he was told to wear a particular hat to Jenkins' office and wait for a signal from him.
The DMV says the 56-year-old Jenkins was suspended after his December arrest.